Paul Robeson House Events

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Join us for a new film series launched by the Toni Cade Bambara Film & Culture Club! Friday Oct. 6th at 6pm, we will be ...
09/25/2023

Join us for a new film series launched by the Toni Cade Bambara Film & Culture Club!

Friday Oct. 6th at 6pm, we will be screening If Beale Street Could Talk with a conversation hosted by our neighbor, founder of TCBFC, Denise Campbell!

Hope to see you there!

08/20/2023
𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗼𝗿 - 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 - 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯The Paul Robeson House & Museum is planning an exciting "Arts in the Parlor...
07/24/2023

𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗼𝗿 - 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 - 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯

The Paul Robeson House & Museum is planning an exciting "Arts in the Parlor" this fall, and would like to showcase your talented child.

We are seeking youths 16 and under to show off their talents in the same parlor where the versatile Paul Robeson sang during the last 10 years of his life and where he lived with his sister in West Philadelphia. Our definition of talent is expansive: singing, dancing, music, art, cooking, crafts and other creative outlets.

Presentations/performances will be held on Sundays from September to November 2023, and they will be both virtual and live at the Paul Robeson House & Museum, 4951 Walnut Street, Philadelphia 19139.

Parents can apply here and give permission for their child to participate: http://bit.ly/artsinparlor2023

For more information: [email protected].

The West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum has lost a truly devoted friend with the passing of ...
06/22/2023

The West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum has lost a truly devoted friend with the passing of Charles L. Blockson. Mr. Blockson was a major supporter of the house from its earliest days with founder Frances P. Aulston and in subsequent years.

Starting at a young age, Mr. Blockson began collecting African American books, documents and artifacts, which are housed in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University in Philadelphia.

He remained so close to the Robeson House because Robeson was his hero. When the great man lived in Philadelphia for the last 10 years of his life, Mr. Blockson was allowed to meet with him when others were shooed away. Mr. Blockson was instrumental in having a state marker erected outside the house at 4951 Walnut Street to let the world know that this was an important place. With artist Frank Stephens, he curated a series of panels titled “From These Roots” chronicling Robeson’s life.

“At the beginning of every tour at the Paul Robeson House & Museum, I make sure that visitors know that the panels were curated by Charles Blockson so we can be assured of their historical authenticity,” says Janice Sykes-Ross, executive director of the WPCA.

“It has always been a must,” added Vernoca L. Michael, former executive director. “Charles was a good friend and pushed me to create a historical marker for The Legendary Blue Horizon, and gave me great support when I became executive of the Paul Robeson House.” Michael is owner of the Blue Horizon.

Mr. Blockson will be greatly missed, but his contributions to society will forever mark his place in history. We must all carry forth his legacy.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma presents the Philly Improv Society in a free popup concert from 6pm to 8pm Thursday, June 22, 2023, a...
06/17/2023

Jamaaladeen Tacuma presents the Philly Improv Society in a free popup concert from 6pm to 8pm Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the Paul Robeson House & Museum, 4951 Walnut St.

The concert is co-sponsored by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum and is part of its continuing 125th birthday celebration of Paul Robeson.

Philly Improv Society is a collective of some of Philly’s finest improvisational masters who embrace the tradition of creative music pioneered by such African American musicians as Ahmad Jamal, Odean Pope, Rasheed Ali , John Coltrane, Sun Ra Arkestra.

Along with Tacuma, the free concert features Randi Pontoppidan of Copenhagen (Denmark), composer/ experimental vocalist/improviser/sound poet/educator; Philadelphia-based composer/trumpeter Matt Lavelle, and percussionist/electronic sound artist Julius Masri.

Tacuma met Pontoppidan in 2014 at the Jazz Danmark Vallekilde Summer Sessions while he was teaching a master class. She appears on his 2015 release “Legend of The Pipe and Sweater,” a tribute to the 1960s Danish Jazz movement that was influenced by American Jazz musicians appearing on stage in Denmark.

Pontoppidan was nominated for the 2020 Steppeulven Award as best vocalist in Denmark. She works live with loop machines and other electronic devices, and uses her voice to explore musical landscapes and create new sounds.

This event is supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy’s Neighborhood Arts Program. The program provides funding for free, family-friendly activities and events, including instruction in music, theater, dance and art.

This year, the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum celebrates the 125th birthday of Paul Ler...
06/17/2023

This year, the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance/Paul Robeson House & Museum celebrates the 125th birthday of Paul Leroy Robeson. In a new exciting exhibit, the Robeson House has created a display of photos, flyers, ephemera, artifacts and a book of vignettes pertaining to the life of this courageous man. Robeson was born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton.

The exhibit kicks off on Saturday, June 24, 2023, with tours of the house as part of the Wawa Welcome America festivities. The exhibit consists of an array of paraphernalia from our weeklong celebration held April 8-15.

Tours will be available from noon to 5pm. You can sign up here for tour of the house, 4951 Walnut St., Philadelphia:

https://tourpaulrobesonmuseum.eventbrite.com/

The April celebration was expansive and participatory, drawing community people, local and state elected officials, volunteers, supporters and friends to the house and other venues. The celebration will continue through 2024 with periodic events at the house.

The 125th was coordinated in collaboration with the Paul Robeson House of Princeton, the Black Alumni Council of Columbia University, the Walnut Hill Community Association and the Paul Robeson Alliance, a coalition of Robeson-related entities in the United States and abroad.

BLACK MUSIC MONTH: A SALUTE TO PAUL ROBESON On April 19, 1925, Paul Robeson sang a program consisting entirely of spirit...
06/13/2023

BLACK MUSIC MONTH: A SALUTE TO PAUL ROBESON

On April 19, 1925, Paul Robeson sang a program consisting entirely of spirituals at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village in New York. He was not the first Black singer to include spirituals in his repertoire: The Fisk Jubilee Singers had been doing them since the late 19th century and Roland Hayes included them in his classical performances.

Robeson, however, was the first to build an entire concert around the songs that were a musical staple among Black folks. His wife Eslanda prodded him to turn spirituals into a concert career alongside his work on the stage, and he first sang them at the home of their friend writer Carl Van Vechten. These songs came easy for Robeson: As a child, he had heard congregants from the South sing them in his father’s church.

Among the songs Robeson sang that night in New York were “Steal Away,” “Go Down Moses,” “Scandalize My Name” and “Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho.” His singular performance propelled “Negro” spirituals into their rightful place as a major American music genre and cinched Robeson as a major American voice. Spirituals remained a consistent part of his repertoire – many of them arranged by his accompanist Lawrence Brown and others by composer Harry T. Burleigh.

“If, with my music, I can recreate for an audience the great sadness of the Negro slave in ‘Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child,’ or if I can make them know the convict of the chain gang, make them feel his thirst, understand his naïve boasting about his strength; feel the brave gaiety and latent sadness in ‘Water Boy,’ if I can explain to them the simple divine faith in ‘Weepin’ Mary,’ then I shall have increased their knowledge and understanding of my people,” Robeson told a Sacramento newspaper in 1941. “They will sense that we are moved by the same emotions, have the same beliefs, the same longings – that we are human together. That will be something to work for – something worth doing.”

Listen as Robeson sings these songs:

“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_jyVMKN6M8

“Weepin’ Mary”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4_HjSd-oM8

“Water Boy” (sung during a TV appearance in 1960)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JunUARpS2iM

Robeson sang “Water Boy” as headliner on the British TV show “Saturday Spectacular” on Oct. 1, 1960, two years after the U.S. government was forced to restore his passport and he toured Europe. He also performed “Ol’ Man River” and “Goin’ Home,” a song by Antonin Dvorak, a Czech who came to the United States in the early 1890s, and was inspired by the music of Black folks and Native Americans. Dvorak used some of their melodies to create his “New World Symphony.”

Burleigh, who would become a noted arranger of spirituals, was one of Dvorak’s students and introduced him to the spirituals. Robeson recorded Dvorak’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” and Goin’ Home.”

Robeson felt that the spirituals connected with people globally because of their meaning. “I have sung my songs all over the world,” he said in a 1939 interview. “I found that where the forces have been the same, whether people weave, build, pick cotton or dig in the mines, they understand each other in the common language of work, suffering, and protest.”

You see the first post. More to come. All month.
02/01/2023

You see the first post. More to come. All month.

This year, the Paul Robeson House & Museum is celebrating the 125th birthday of Paul Leroy Robeson. Each weekday during ...
02/01/2023

This year, the Paul Robeson House & Museum is celebrating the 125th birthday of Paul Leroy Robeson. Each weekday during Black History Month, we will offer a series of vignettes from Robeson’s life as a prelude to his birthday celebration from April 8-15, 2023. The series will remind the country and the world of Robeson’s contributions, and the price he paid for speaking out against racism and oppression. Robeson was born on April 9, 1898.

𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗻’𝘀 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆

Paul Leroy Robeson was born in Princeton, NJ, on April 9, 1898, the youngest child of the Rev. William Drew Robeson and Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson, a schoolteacher.

Robeson came from a family of Black Quaker abolitionists. His mother was the great-granddaughter of Cyrus Bustill, a baker who supplied bread to George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War and founded a mutual-aid society for Blacks in the 18th century. Her ancestors also included the artists David Bustill Bowser and Robert Douglass Jr., abolitionist/educator Sarah Mapps Douglass and Humphrey Morrey, a white man who was the first mayor of Philadelphia.

His father escaped slavery at age 15 via the Underground Railroad and settled in Philadelphia. He was a laborer in the Union Army during the Civil War, graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with bachelor and theology degrees, and became a minister.

Robeson’s mother died when her clothes caught fire from a stove when he was 6 years old. He and his four siblings - including an only sister Marian - were raised by their father. Robeson attended high school in Somerville, NJ, where he was an exceptional student, and realized he had a natural and distinctive singing voice.

Rev. Robeson was a demanding father, expecting nothing less than perfection and hard work from his children. He taught them to be modest and polite, and to exercise self-control. He taught Robeson to use his gifts to benefit Black people. “I respected my father,” Robeson said, “but I loved my mother.”

—Written by Robeson House volunteer Sherry Howard.

FINAL FLIER: Comrade Sisters! Pre-save YouTube livestream: https://youtu.be/dMFlo5eA_vk (in stories) YALL REALLY TURNED ...
01/27/2023

FINAL FLIER: Comrade Sisters! Pre-save YouTube livestream: https://youtu.be/dMFlo5eA_vk (in stories)

YALL REALLY TURNED UP ON THE SAVE THE DATE! Updates to the program have been finalized. Check the slides! We’re still looking for community co-sponsors to share in amassing direct support we can provide to our distinguished panelists. DM us and there’s opportunities to ensure we will lift you up during the event!

We also recognize that if everyone who registered attends, we will be beyond our advised health and safety guidelines. We invite your graciousness in the event we have to turn people toward viewing the livestream rather than entering the space.

Posted  •  Hello All,Join us on zoom this Saturday for the January Meetup for Noname Book Club. Please sign-up on the No...
01/23/2023

Posted • Hello All,

Join us on zoom this Saturday for the January Meetup for Noname Book Club. Please sign-up on the Noname website to be sent the zoom link for this Saturday at 3:00 PM:

https://nonamebooks.com/Events

Looking forward to seeing you

IN-PERSON AND STREAMING ONLINE!The Parlor Talks Series at Paul Robeson House & Museum presents Joshua Myers () in conver...
01/18/2023

IN-PERSON AND STREAMING ONLINE!

The Parlor Talks Series at Paul Robeson House & Museum presents Joshua Myers () in conversation w/ Kyle Sheppard of .andbouquets (IG)

Of Black Study explores how the ideas of Black intellectuals created different ways of thinking and knowing in their pursuit of conceptual and epistemological freedom.

Joshua Myers explores the work of thinkers who broke with the racial and colonial logics of academic disciplinarity. Bookended by meditations with June Jordan and Toni Cade Bambara, the book focuses on how W.E.B. Du Bois, Sylvia Wynter, Jacob Carruthers and Cedric Robinson contributed to Black Studies approaches to knowledge production within and beyond Western structures of knowledge.

Especially geared toward understanding the contemporary evolution of Black Studies in the neoliberal university, Of Black Study allows us to consider the stakes of intellectual freedom and the path toward a new world.

🙏🏾. Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and Eslanda Goode Robeson (right) attending a gathering at the African Unity House, s...
01/16/2023

🙏🏾. Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and Eslanda Goode Robeson (right) attending a gathering at the African Unity House, sponsored by the Afro-Asian West Indian Community, in London, England, on October 30, 1961

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Claudia Jones Memorial Collection

Please note that this event is scheduled to take place at Slought Foundation, located at 4017 Walnut Street. LINK WILL B...
01/13/2023

Please note that this event is scheduled to take place at Slought Foundation, located at 4017 Walnut Street. LINK WILL BE IN STORIES OR ON EVENTBRITE THROUGH LINKTREE.

SAVE THE DATE! IAMM Science Education Group, Paul Robeson House & Museum, and Slought/Public Trust are pleased to announce Comrade Sisters, a celebration uplifting the stories and experiences of Black Panther Party women from Philadelphia and beyond, on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 4-7pm. Free and open to the public, this community forum will feature a panel discussion with invited book contributors from the recent publication of Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022), who will be in dialogue with local veteran Black women activists.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-event-comrade-sisters-women-of-the-black-panther-party-tickets-515198902787

Tune into  tomorrow for this special program. Word to . 🙏🏾
01/12/2023

Tune into tomorrow for this special program. Word to . 🙏🏾

So much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ and ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 with our comrades over at  for this incredible donation to the Robeson House archives. YES...
01/11/2023

So much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ and ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 with our comrades over at for this incredible donation to the Robeson House archives. YES, we accept donations yall!

SOLIDARITY POST. Not a  event. But we are big fans of many of the organizers! Thanks!Formerly Incarcerated People & Fami...
12/28/2022

SOLIDARITY POST. Not a event. But we are big fans of many of the organizers! Thanks!

Formerly Incarcerated People & Families are 350k+ strong in Philly. Let’s come together in UNITY and to show politicians Our STRENGTH!!! Everything is FREE! Come Fashionably Dressed. And Register for the event thru RSVP so an estimate of how many Ppl are attending the banquet. BYOD! bit.ly/TrueFaces

Our partner school! 🙏🏾
12/20/2022

Our partner school! 🙏🏾

Even actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, of Abbott Elementary TV fame, had warm words for Robeson, which was nearly closed by the school district in 2013.

a note from a social media account that we intend to keep, until it’s increasingly made impossible to do so and live in ...
12/18/2022

a note from a social media account that we intend to keep, until it’s increasingly made impossible to do so and live in our full integrity. 🙏🏾

12/18/2022

Here’s a video snippet from the debut of The Eslanda Robeson Reading and Resource Room Celebration that took place on December 13, 2022. Thank you so much ! More info on the WPCA / Robeson House archives forthcoming! 📸: Christian Hayden.

PHOTOS from the debut of the Eslanda Robeson Reading & Resource Room, and finale of our phase one partnership with our L...
12/18/2022

PHOTOS from the debut of the Eslanda Robeson Reading & Resource Room, and finale of our phase one partnership with our Leeway / IPMF Media Artst/Activist-in-Residence Malkia Okech.

PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN HAYDEN. Working alongside Leeway/IPMF Media Artist/Activist-in-Residence Malkia Okech, we've spent this year preparing our own collections of Robeson materials, alongside the treasured history of West Philadelphia cultural organizing. Join us in realizing what’s possible when gathering multiple generations in preserving the soulful stories and liberatory visions that sustain us on the long walk to freedom.

12/18/2022
WELCOME TO THE ESLANDA ROBESON READING & RESOURCE ROOM AT . Come celebrate with us! Working alongside Leeway/IPMF Media ...
12/15/2022

WELCOME TO THE ESLANDA ROBESON READING & RESOURCE ROOM AT . Come celebrate with us! Working alongside Leeway/IPMF Media Artist/Activist-in-Residence Malkia Okech (), we've spent this year preparing our own collections of Robeson materials, alongside the treasured history of West Philadelphia cultural organizing. Join us in realizing what’s possible when gathering multiple generations in preserving the soulful stories and liberatory visions that sustain us on the long walk to freedom. This is a dedicated workspace for processing our collections and a shared workshop for projects celebrating community public memory. More opportunities to engage coming in 2023! 🙏🏾

🙌🏾 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. (1939 -...
12/12/2022

🙌🏾 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. (1939 - 1998). Eslanda Goode Robeson speaking at Africa Women's Day gathering. Claudia Jones on the far left (pun intended) amongst others we should name and recover. You know? Let us know.

  is back! Shout out to . Led by Chanelle Wilson, they are incubating a brick and mortar wine garden project dedicated t...
12/11/2022

is back! Shout out to . Led by Chanelle Wilson, they are incubating a brick and mortar wine garden project dedicated to Black and women owned wines, and of course we love the community building that a love of wines can bring forth. Please follow them! And we love our organizational member partnerships. We’ll have space for more in 2023. 🙏🏾

In one of the biggest treats of our week, this crew of friends made a visit to  to celebrate a birthday! (Birthday perso...
12/11/2022

In one of the biggest treats of our week, this crew of friends made a visit to to celebrate a birthday! (Birthday person in the middle!)This means so much to us, and I’d say to Uncle Paul and Aunt Essie too. A new generation! ❤️ Thanks for spending some time with us today deepening your love of Paul Robeson.




JUST ANNOUNCED. Join us in a local celebration of ’s essay collection, Bright Unbearable Reality, longlisted for the 202...
11/30/2022

JUST ANNOUNCED. Join us in a local celebration of ’s essay collection, Bright Unbearable Reality, longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. With , , and .

After all the exciting book tour stops criss-crossing the country, we are excited to welcome a writer who currently calls Philadelphia home, home again. She will be joined in conversation by Christopher R. Rogers, Program Director at the Paul Robeson House & Museum. RSVP IN STORIES OR: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-w-us-bright-unbearable-reality-philly-homecoming-celebration-tickets-476786068967

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! The Phase 1 Finale and Name Reveal of the Paul Robeson House & Museum's Community Archiving Spac...
11/29/2022

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! The Phase 1 Finale and Name Reveal of the Paul Robeson House & Museum's Community Archiving Space

Working alongside / IPMF Media Artist/Activist-in-Residence , we've spent this year preparing our own collections of Robeson materials, alongside the treasured history of West Philadelphia cultural organizing. Join us in realizing what’s possible when gathering multiple generations in preserving the soulful stories and liberatory visions that sustain us on the long walk to freedom.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phase-1-finale-name-reveal-robeson-house-museum-community-archiving-tickets-469668159107?aff=efbeventtix&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

   November, philly chapter. see y’all next in 2023. 🙏🏾
11/29/2022

November, philly chapter. see y’all next in 2023. 🙏🏾

Our friends at Blue Stoop] have launched their spring classes! Check them out! Posted  • Blue Stoop] Today's the day we'...
11/17/2022

Our friends at Blue Stoop] have launched their spring classes! Check them out! Posted • Blue Stoop] Today's the day we've all been waiting for! We're pleased to announce that applications for our Spring 2023 classes are live! 8-week, 4-week, and 3-hour classes, both virtual and in-person, are being offered and taught by amazing Blue Stoop teachers. Check out all of our class offerings on our website, link in bio!

Posted  •  Hello!Saturday, November 26th 3:00 PM at  we will be coming together to discuss Modibo Kadalie’s Intimate Dir...
11/17/2022

Posted • Hello!

Saturday, November 26th 3:00 PM at we will be coming together to discuss Modibo Kadalie’s Intimate Direct Democracy:

In this new volume, Modibo Kadalie offers a critical reexamination of the history and historiography surrounding two sites of African maroonage: The Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina; and Fort Mose in Florida.

Hope to see y’all there.

we adore being a host to collective healing and shared dreaming. thanks , ,  for bringing your energy to . what a wonder...
11/16/2022

we adore being a host to collective healing and shared dreaming. thanks , , for bringing your energy to . what a wonderful project and image.

11/16/2022
THURSDAY. Join us as we host the second edition of the transnational Transformative Futures Reading Series w/ . We can p...
11/13/2022

THURSDAY. Join us as we host the second edition of the transnational Transformative Futures Reading Series w/ . We can provide excerpts of the book to inform the discussion but also invite anyone getting to know the book more in depth too!

🙌🏾ANNOUNCING w/  and . The PHILLY LAUNCH of 'Ideas of Improvisation'. Nov 29, limited in-person attendance + streaming o...
11/10/2022

🙌🏾ANNOUNCING w/ and .

The PHILLY LAUNCH of 'Ideas of Improvisation'. Nov 29, limited in-person attendance + streaming online! RSVP NOW: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parlor-talks-ideas-of-improvisation-w-joel-dias-porter-philly-launch-tickets-465899486907?aff=efbeventtix

Grateful to have and join us for celebrating this long-awaited collection!

Joel Dias-Porter, a resident of Atlantic City, is self-unemployed but is rumored to gamble for a living.

"Ideas of Improvisation interrogates how the I & the I of the imaginary can appear perpendicular to the axis of the real. In addition to the expected body of words, Joel Dias-Porter improvises on the idea of the lyric by marooning text to create ghost poems that float above the page and add a new haiku-like dimension. Like the rook in brook, in Ideas of Improvisation we hear how Dias-Porter, a neurodiverse technician of the text, reformulates form to navigate the spectrum of possibility."

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Welcome to the Paul Robeson House & Museum, 4951 Walnut St.

Photo by Nick Pallazollo

During the last years of a celebrated – and needlessly torturous – life, Paul Robeson came to live under the watchful eye of his sister Marian R. Forsythe in this three-story home at 4951 Walnut Street.

📷Paul Robeson at his 75th birthday party at the house in 1973.

Marian Forsythe and her husband Dr. James Forsythe bought the house in the late 1950s and moved in with their daughter, Paulina. After Robeson’s wife Eslanda died in 1965, he visited his sister (her husband died in 1959) the following summer before returning to New York to live with his son Paul Jr. Forsythe was a retired Philadelphia schoolteacher and at 72 was four years older than her brother.


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It may be cold out now, but at least we have these shows to look forward to!! Everything is on sale now 😌😌😌
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2.23 Black History Month Jam Session curated by Black Buttafly & Paul Robeson House Events [http://bit.ly/3JbTCTC]
3.1 Disco Hootenanny! [http://bit.ly/3jqM2Kd]
3.14 RentsDue Open Mic Jam Session presented by Beano French & Dj Ricochet "The Untouchable Technician" [http://bit.ly/3DuliiL]
3.16 Voices of Philly Soul - Ladies Edition [http://bit.ly/3XUN2p2]
3.28 Sophie B. Hawkins w/ Walker Lukens [http://bit.ly/3wMHCAl]
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5.20 Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz w/ Sarah Peacock [http://bit.ly/3XFgzCq]
Black history is American history, and we're proud to be making it every day. This month, in honor of , we'll be sharing weekly spotlights featuring Black people that inspire our team, and we'll be inviting you to contribute, too!

You can also check out some of the incredible resources our city has to offer to learn about Black history, like the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Paul Robeson House Events, and the The African American Children's Book Fair. It takes a village, and we're lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful partners working towards the same goal of fostering a rising & thriving Philadelphia for ALL.

This Sunday, please join IAMMScience Education Group, Paul Robeson House Events, and Slought/Public Trust for Comrade Sisters, a celebration uplifting the stories and experiences of Black Panther Party women from Philadelphia and beyond, from 4-7pm. Free and open to the public, this community forum will feature a panel discussion with invited book contributors from the recent publication of Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022) and other women that were active during the period, who will all be in dialogue with local veteran Black women activists.

The rich impact of the Black Panther Party remains deeply felt in Philadelphia. Many of the Black women from Philadelphia who have helped shape and enliven Black Panther Party organizing in the 1960's and 1970's continue to serve as mentors and guideposts for younger generations. We recognize this as an opportunity to thread generations of activism, recovering lessons from our glorious past that can be applied to today's moment. Join us as we spotlight the unsung legacies of Black women in the Black Panther Party, and recover their significant contributions to wider historical struggles for global Black liberation.

Distinguished speakers representing the era of Panther women include Sis. Pam Africa, Sis. Charlotte Hill O'Neal, Sis. Julia Wright, Sis. Hazel Mack, Sis. Regina Jennings, and Sis. Jilchristina Vest. They will be joined by a younger generation of women who represent the Panther continuum, including Tiffany Murphy, Rashida Bey, Ohenewaa Ra, Stacy Nzinga Hill, Melissa Barber, and Lavinia Davis. This event is co-sponsored by HopePHL (formerly PEC), Plants & People, Uhuru Furniture, Mr. Arnold Holloway, the Philadelphia Student Union, and Black Lives Matter Philly.

Learn more at: https://slought.org/resources/comrade_sisters

Image: Image: Photograph by Stephen Shames / Comrade Sisters
February 5 - 11, 2023 is Black Lives Matter Week of Action - Philly. The following are events we’re uplifting or hosting!

Sunday - Hosted by the Paul Robeson House Events and their partners. Registration is full but there is a streaming option. Please click on their tag and go to their Instagram page to learn more.

Monday - We’re uplifting The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Our Schools’s Write Night event. We encourage all age groups to register and participate. Please click on their tag and go to their Instagram page to learn more.

Tuesday - We will be hosting an Open Mic Night at Brotherly Grub Cafe at Jacobs Northwest. Tickets available on eventbrite!

Wednesday - We will be hosting a Yoga Night! In light of recent events, we know having space to breathe and relax and do heart/body work is important.

Thursday - We will be uplifting National’s Imagination Lab! Please click on their tag and go to their Instagram page to learn more.

Friday - We’re uplifting & participating in the Mass Incarceration Panel event. Please see flyer for more information.

Saturday - We will be uplifting and participating in this event to close out the week. RJOC members Nick Bernardini and Keziah Ridgeway will be panelist and workshop leaders Philadelphia Writing Workshop event.
IAMMScience Education Group, Paul Robeson House Events, and Slought/Public Trust are pleased to announce Comrade Sisters, a celebration uplifting the stories and experiences of Black Panther Party women from Philadelphia and beyond, on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 4-7pm. Free and open to the public, this community forum will feature a panel discussion with invited book contributors from the recent publication of Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022), who will all be in dialogue with local veteran Black women activists.

The rich impact of the Black Panther Party remains deeply felt in Philadelphia. Many of the Black women from Philadelphia who have helped shape and enliven Black Panther Party organizing in the 1960's and 1970's continue to serve as mentors and guideposts for younger generations. We recognize this as an opportunity to thread generations of activism, recovering lessons from our glorious past that can be applied to today's moment. Join us as we spotlight the unsung legacies of Black women in the Black Panther Party, and recover their significant contributions to wider historical struggles for global Black liberation.

Learn more at: https://slought.org/resources/comrade_sisters

Image: Image: Photograph by Stephen Shames / Comrade Sisters
Check out some photos from our annual conference, A Celebration of Writing & Literacy, co-sponsored with Penn Museum, Teachers Institute of Philadelphia, Penn Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), and African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). This year’s conference theme was “Teaching Environmental Justice.”

PhilWP director Dr. Diane Waff congratulated and thanked PhilWP administrative assistant Miriam Harris on 21 years of “friendship, support, and collaboration.” Dr. Waff also invited participants to check out emerging resources for teaching civic argument writing using primary sources. This work is supported by a Teaching with Primary Sources grant from The Library of Congress.

Featured morning speaker Jerome Shabazz, executive director of Overbrook Environmental Education Center, presented on “Environmental justice: The social architecture for a resilient and sustainable community.”

At lunch, AAMP education director Nina Ball described a partnership w/PhilWP funded by National Writing Project and National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support teachers and students engaging with stories of African American women leaders in Philadelphia. During one of the morning sessions, three educators (grade 6, community college, university), who participated in Advanced Institute on African American women leaders in Philadelphia, shared classroom examples of using primary sources and excerpts from “The Carried Us” (Baker-Rodgers & Traylor, 2020). PhilWP and AAMP will sponsor three more panels in 2022-23.

During a lunchtime session, Paul Robeson House program director and Penn GSE doctoral student Chris Rogers shared upcoming publication “How We Stay Free: Notes on a Black Uprising” that will include curriculum resources for classrooms. During that same session, PhilWP Scholar and Penn GSE doctoral student Barrett Rosser shared her “Love Story” with the Black Girls Literacies Project. She shared video reflections from co-researchers and invited participants to truly listen to Black girls.

Featured afternoon speaker, Dr. Michael Mann, Penn State prof and climatologist, discussed his book, “The New Climate War.”

Our final session was “Wandering and Wondering” led by CEO Scott Quitel, who’s encouraged participants to look more closely at land uses and reflect on histories of the land along the Schuylkill River and throughout Penn Park. This session was part of the series sponsored by Writing Project sites around the country.
Invite your friends and neighbors! The 22nd annual Peoplehood is Saturday October 15th.

Peoplehood is a parade that celebrates and lifts up PEOPLE, especially those living in the face of oppression and working toward collective liberation. Peoplehood brings activists, neighbors, and youth together to lift one another up alongside giant puppets, drumlines, banners, and performances.

Join the Parade:
Sign-up your activist, youth, or community group to represent in the parade by emailing [email protected] or drop in with your friends and family.

Help make the parade at art builds at Spiral Q’s studio.

Groups signed up so far:
Abortion Liberation Fund PA
ACT UP Philadelphia
All Voting is Local
ArtWell
Batala Philly
Double Trellis Food Initiative
Freedom Marks
Camp Sojourner - Girls' Leadership Camp
César Andreu Iglesias Community Garden
Jobs with Justice

New Freedom District
Philadelphia Rent Control Coalition
Philly Children’s Movement
PHonkPhilly
PhillyCAM
Poor People’s Army
Rabbit Recycling
Reclaim Philadelphia
Rise Choir
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Philly
Save the FDR Meadows
Shut Down Berks Coalition
The Attic Youth Center
The Dandelion Project
Paul Robeson House Events
The Vaudevillains NYB
Philly Trans March
West Powelton Steppers & Drum Squad
Why Not Prosper
Workers World Party
Workers' Voice
Youth Volunteer Corps Philly
Black history is American history, and we're proud to be making it every day.

This month, check out some of the incredible resources our city has to offer to learn about Black history, like The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Paul Robeson House Events, and The African American Children's Book Fair.